Police Beat

The Police Department's School Resource Officer busted two high school students on pot charges.

The Officer was on foot patrol in a wooded area adjacent to the high school on Wednesday morning when he contacted two juveniles whom he recognized as students at the school. The officer noticed a plastic water bottle and detected a sweet smelling smoke, consistent with someone smoking marijuana. When asked about the marijuana, one of the juveniles stated that the drugs were his and a search incident to arrest revealed a marijuana leaf and paraphernalia containing marijuana residue. The juvenile was released to parents and school officials. Charges are pending from the Skagit County Juvenile Prosecutors Office.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Saturday, September 19

1:46 am. An Anacortes Police Officer contacted a juvenile male known to him in the 1700 block of 12th Street early Saturday morning. Investigation on scene revealed that the juvenile had a warrant out of Skagit County Superior Court for violating terms of a disposition order, minor in possession. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Facility where he was booked on his warrant.

5:44 am. An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to an overturned portapotty in the 1700 block of 32nd Street. The unit was placed back in its original spot by the officer.

6:01 am. Anacortes Police received a report from 16th Street that there is an ongoing issue of a rooster crowing at dawn. An officer checked the area but did not hear the noise and was unable to locate the animal.

8:32 pm. A 20 year-old Mount Vernon woman was arrested on assault charges on Saturday evening per the report of two adult women fighting in front of a restaurant on Commercial Avenue. An Anacortes Officer spoke with one witness who stated that the assailant had beat the other woman and dragged her across the pavement. AFD Medics came to the scene to render aid and the suspect was taken into custody and transported to jail.

10:41 pm. Anacortes Police Officers received multiple reports of an altercation alongside the roadway at SR 20 and Christianson Road. Investigation on scene revealed that two adult brothers had engaged in a verbal altercation turned physical and the 25 year-old brother had confronted his brother about his alcohol consumption. The suspect then stated that he struck his brother in the mouth after he had gotten in his face. As a result of the investigation, officers took the 25 year-old into custody and booked him into the Skagit County Jail on assault charges.

Sunday, September 20

1:42 am. An Anacortes Police Sergeant contacted the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta traveling northbound on Q Avenue early Sunday morning. The Jetta displayed an expired registration tab as of August 2015. In speaking with the 29 year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle, it was determined that she did not have a driver’s license and she had two warrants for her arrest, one was later determined to be for Driving With License Suspended out of the Skagit County District Court, the other out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. The woman was taken into custody for her warrants and Driving With License Suspended citation. A search incident to arrest yielded a small ziplock baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine residue. As a result of this discovery, the Sergeant also cited the woman for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was transported to APD and booked and released for her warrants and DWLS and PDP citations.

12:00 pm. Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the downtown area on Sunday afternoon following the report of a male in crisis who may have a weapon. Approximately an hour later, officers made contact with the man in his vehicle and after several minutes of speaking with him, were able to detain him and connect him with available resources.

Monday, September 21

Anacortes Police Officers conducted a welfare check at a home on the west end of Anacortes on Monday afternoon. No people were present in the home at the time, however, officers discovered two deceased animals as well as other animals in poor health. Surviving animals were tended to by APD’s Animal Control Officer at a later date. Further investigation revealed that a 31 year-old female and 32 year-old male are tenants at that address. Both subjects were charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty 1st Degree and two counts of Animal Cruelty 2nd Degree.

Tuesday, September 22

A 15 year-old juvenile male from Anacortes was booked into the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle on Tuesday. That morning at approximately 2:00 AM, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 4100 block of Oakes Avenue observed a white Honda sedan lurching up the roadway on southbound Anacopper Mine Road, then rolling backwards into the road. The officer turned on his overhead lights to block the road and the driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. Further investigation revealed that the car and several hundred dollars worth of electronics and other personal items had been stolen from an Anacortes residence earlier that evening and a suspect was identified. Police contacted the juvenile later that morning at his residence and took him into custody.

1:52 pm. A 12 foot long Caribe brand dinghy and attached 18hp Nissan motor was reported stolen to Anacortes Police on Tuesday afternoon. The reporting party stated that the boat was last seen attached to the city slip on 30th Street but had gone missing at some point over the last few days. There are no suspects at his time.

5:25 pm. An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of Q Avenue observed a 29 year-old male known to Police with warrants for disorderly conduct and attempt to elude. The subject was contacted a few blocks down the road and taken into custody for his warrants. The man was holding a backpack when he was arrested and a search of the pack yielded a container with a white crystalline substance, presumably methamphetamine. The subject was booked in to the Skagit County Jail on his warrants. Drug charges are pending.

6:18 pm. Anacortes Police Officers responded to a possible domestic at a motel on Commercial Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Upon arrival, officers could hear a male and female yelling at each other from inside the room. A short time later, the intoxicated male came out and provided the officers with names other than his own. Further investigation revealed that the 46 year-old Mount Vernon man was in violation of a no contact order with the woman. He was taken into custody and transported to jail for Violation of a No Contact Order and Making a False Statement to a Public Official.

8:09 pm. Anacortes Police received a call from a local pharmacy on Tuesday evening reference a possible prescription fraud. The pharmacy had filled a similar prescription a few days previous which was later determined to be fraudulent. Officers responded to the area and arrested an 18 year-old Seattle man when he returned to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription. He was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Prescription Fraud/Forgery.

Wednesday, September 23

8:10 am. Anacortes Police Department’s School Resource Officer was on foot patrol in a wooded area adjacent to the high school on Wednesday morning when he contacted two juveniles whom he recognized as students at the school. The officer noticed a plastic water bottle and detected a sweet smelling smoke, consistent with someone smoking marijuana. When asked about the marijuana, one of the juveniles stated that the drugs were his and a search incident to arrest revealed a marijuana leaf and paraphernalia containing marijuana residue. The juvenile was released to parents and school officials. Charges are pending from the Skagit County Juvenile Prosecutors Office.

11:56 pm. Anacortes Police responded to a domestic violence call on Wednesday evening. Investigation on scene revealed that a husband and wife at the residence engaged in a verbal argument over a backyard fire. The argument continued inside the residence and ultimately resulted in the wife kicking in a bedroom door and striking her husband in the face. The 40 year-old was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on charges of 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence and 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence

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